After an extremely quiet one-game slate last night the NHL schedule hits us with 11 games on this fine Tuesday evening. There’s nothing like a heavy dose of NHL DFS action so let’s get right into tonight’s FanDuel NHL Picks!
C – Kyle Turris (OTT) – $5,200 vs. VAN
The Senators (minus a player to be named later) are somewhat of a GPP play with a lot of top offenses in action tonight, but I believe Turris has excellent upside in this matchup. First, he has been all over the scoresheet over the last three games, tallying seven points during that stretch to go along with seven shots and a couple of blocks as well. He sees a heavy dose of power play time, and that power play unit he plays on gets Erik Karlsson back tonight, so let’s roll with Turris as a lower owned option at the center ice position tonight.
C – Devin Shore (DAL) – $3,400 vs. ARI
Like Turris, Shore should also see some lower ownership tonight but his value upside is just huge in this matchup against the visiting Coyotes. Arizona is once again struggling to prevent goals as they have yielded 4.40 goals per game which is dead last in the NHL. They are also yielding 34.6 shots per game (24th) and their penalty kill sits at 76.5%, good for 25th overall. That last point is an important one for Shore as he has a spot on the Stars’ top power play unit with Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and John Klingberg and is coming off a two-assist, three-shot effort on Saturday where he skated over 17 minutes. At this price Shore boasts some of the top value on the entire slate.
W – Jamie Benn (DAL) – $7,900 vs. ARI
Of course we need to roster Benn here against the listless Coyotes’ defense. After a couple of quiet games to begin the season, Benn has found his groove with two goals, two assists, nine shots and a pair of blocked shots over his last three contests. Unlike the two players listed above, Benn is due some high ownership on tonight’s slate but he can be used in a cash line or an optimal cash/GPP line which I believe this one is tonight.
W – Ryan Dzingel (OTT) – $3,400 vs. VAN
Another player I believe has immense upside tonight is second year winger Ryan Dzingel. Coming off a 14-goal, 32-point rookie season, Dzingel is off to a nice start with two goals over his last three games to go along with eight shots and a block over that stretch. That said, the best thing about Dzingel (other than his price) is his opportunity. Dzingel skates next to Turris on Ottawa’s second (or 1B) line and also skates with him on the team’s top power play group, so he too will see his value increase with the return of Karlsson. He is averaging a whopping 18:20 of ice time per game, 4:36 of which comes on the power play. Big time value here with Dzingel.
W – Claude Giroux (PHI) – $6,700 vs. FLA
After a down season last year, Giroux is looking like himself again these days, a good thing for Flyers’ fans to be sure. He has racked up seven points on nine shots so far in five games played, showing that his move to the wing has indeed kick started his offensive game this season. Giroux and the Flyers will welcome a Panthers team to town tonight, a group that has been soft defensively with 3.75 goals against per game (T-27th) and a 76.5% penalty kill (T-25th) on the season. After an eight-goal output in their last game Giroux and the Flyers are indeed flying high entering play tonight.
W – Jakub Voracek (PHI) – $7,100 vs. FLA
Like Giroux, Voracek had a down season last year but has come out of the gates at a very productive clip in the early going. Voracek hasn’t found the back of the net as of yet, but he does have five assists and 13 shots on goal through just five games this season. Also with Voracek, we have a player that just loves playing on home ice. Last season, Voracek had 37 points at home compared to 24 on the road while he recorded 161 shots at home compared to just 92 on the road. Let’s look for some more home cooking from Voracek and the Flyers tonight.
D – Erik Karlsson (OTT) – $7,000 vs. VAN
As mentioned, Karlsson makes his return to the Senators lineup tonight after missing the first five games of the season while healing from offseason foot surgery. Karlsson was just sensational during the Senators’ run to the Eastern Conference Final last season after recording 71 points across 77 regular season games to go along with 218 shots on goal. While it could be somewhat risky to roster Karlsson with his usage up in the air, he fits this lineup perfectly and could be a nice power play stack with Turris and Dzingel.
D – John Klingberg (DAL) – $6,200 vs. ARI
Speaking of power play stacks, Klingberg completes a high-upside stack alongside Shore and Benn on the Stars’ top unit. Klingberg is another player that has come out of the gates hot with five points and 16 shots across five games this season. This is impressive considering the Stars have averaged only 2.20 goals per game so far this season but they have an excellent chance to get their offense into gear tonight against the aforementioned porous defense of the Coyotes this evening on home ice.
G – Craig Anderson (OTT) – $8,100 vs. VAN
There are some intriguing options to pay up for at goaltender tonight, but I love Anderson’s value on home ice against the Canucks. Vancouver isn’t going to be a high-scoring team again this season as they have scored just 2.25 goals per game on the young season while their power play ranks 25th at just 8.7% as well. They don’t take a lot of shots on goal, but Anderson sports a .937 save percentage entering play tonight and is a good bet to secure a victory against a weak Canucks team. Look for the veteran to stand tall once again tonight.